Anarchists’ Unlikely Tool for Fighting Climate Change: Farming

By the daily beast

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.

In the waning months of 2011, Tim Holland was deeply involved in Occupy Denver, the local arm of the international Occupy movement. The 41-year-old anarchist and hip-hop artist, who goes by the stage name Sole, had been living in the Mile High City since 2009. When Occupiers first set up an encampment at Lincoln Park, Holland organized street protests, public assemblies, fundraisers, reading groups, and more. Protesters interrupted city council meetings and repeatedly attempted to take over government buildings before the movement was quashed when their second encampment in Civic Center Park went up in a haze of flames. Following Occupy Denver’s suppression by law enforcement, gentrification in the city seemed to shift into hyperdrive, forcing Holland to rethink living there.

“I wanted to pull myself out of the rat race and reimagine what a new form of my political interventions and practices could be,” he said.

Holland had visited intentional communities in France, where radicals were successfully supporting themselves through farming. The idea of anarchists in North America doing the same captured his imagination. He left Denver in 2018, relocating with his wife and young child to an old farmhouse on the outskirts of Brunswick, Maine.

“Earlier in the year that I moved, I learned about the Ogallala Aquifer, which feeds all of the farmland of the breadbasket—and Colorado as well,” Holland said. “It’s going to be depleted in 20 years from now.” Wanting to reorient his life and politics around “food autonomy”—or self-sustaining food production—Holland saw the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer as not only a strike against staying in Denver but grim proof of what awaited much of American society, which depends on conventional food production to survive.

The dire threat that climate change poses to conventional food production in the United States has been anticipated for years. In a 2012 report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted that post-2050 most crop and livestock production would suffer from a combination of rising temperatures, variable precipitation, and more frequent extreme weather events, such as droughts or floods. The USDA anticipates that, even in the short-term, these effects will exacerbate hunger among the poorest and most vulnerable.

For anarchists like Holland, the anonymously written text Desert was a wake-up call. The 80-page zine, published both online and in print in 2011, argues that the inevitability of climate change will lead to widespread desertification, which governments are incapable of preventing. As extreme as that may sound, Holland felt that he could see the writing on the wall, even from the relative privilege of Denver.

If Desert’s diagnosis rang true, so too did its prognosis. The text’s author suggests that while the consequences of climate change are unavoidable, anarchists may yet prevail against both capitalism and the state. Positing that desertification will cause both markets and governments to retract, Desert argues that in their absence, anarchists could thrive—if only they could first survive.

“In this metaphor of the desert, where does life emerge?” Holland wondered. “If we end up unable to create some mass movement to overthrow the government, what does it look like to build a material force capable of sustaining itself, capable of struggle, capable of being the grounds that make government obsolete?”

In Brunswick, Holland is beginning the search for answers. These days, Holland commits much of his time to gardening, but doesn’t see it as a step away from his anarchist politics. Rather, he sees it as a step forward.

On an acre and a half of land, his budding interest in gardening blossomed into greater study and practice of permaculture, a form of agriculture that emphasizes the creation of sustainable ecosystems with minimal need for external resources, such as fertilizer. With only the occasional help from family and friends, he has cleared half the land of brush, planted 100 fruit, nut, and berry trees and shrubs in addition to a variety of greens and root vegetables. Holland has managed to eek out some staples like lettuce and tomatoes, but has had greater success with perennials like hablitzia, Turkish rocket, and asparagus chives. He’s also learned to forage for berries and wild greens, such as raspberries and sorrell. Many of the plants will take years to mature, especially the fruit trees, but his efforts are already providing daily salads and he expects to harvest hundreds of pounds of carrots, potatoes, and pumpkins.

Although Holland has been unable to provide all of his family’s food, he says that’s not necessarily the goal. (“If I had been living off the land, 100 percent I would have died this year,” he joked.) Belief in the anarchist ideal of mutual aid, which encourages sharing and cooperation to build collective strength, led Holland to think beyond his family. To that end, he has been forming a network across his new home state.


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Constitutionalism As a Threat

SCOTUS CONFIRMS: Constitution Is Irrelevant. Rule Of Law ...
By Logan Marie Glitterbomb

When the average american thinks of libertarianism, they often think of right-wing minarchists and self-proclaimed constitutionalists. These types don’t believe in full anarchism, but in limiting the state’s powers to only the bare minimum needed to enforce the united states constitution. These types often champion rights they see the constitution as protecting:  freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, the right to petition the government, the right to bear arms, protections against unwarranted searches and seizures, the right to due process, protections against self-incrimination, the right to a speedy trial and legal representation, the right to a trial by jury, protections against excessive fines and cruel or unusual punishment, protection of unenumerated rights, states’ rights, sovereign immunity, the abolition of chattel slavery, voting rights, and the repeal of alcohol prohibition. Of course, like any statist propaganda, this view only considers half the content of this founding document.

Yes, there was alcohol prohibition itself, which was thankfully defeated, but that is far from the only error in the constitution. Many of those same types may even point out a few of their favorite gripes. Income tax and citizenship rights are often the issues of choice for many right-wing constitutionalists. Their complaints against the income tax are usually well-founded and similar in vein to most libertarian anti-tax arguments except that they are more focused on the working class. Complaints about citizenship rights defined in the 14th amendment, however, mostly seem to be based in faulty “sovereign citizen” logic which, while sounding good, has sadly never held up in court.

Recently I was attending court for charges I was facing for my involvement in the Occupy Prisons Gainesville campaign. In solidarity with the prison strike last September, a number of us camped outside of the local prison work camp for about a week and a half and disrupted their daily activities. We held noise demos, dropped banners, played movies and live music for inmates to watch and listen to through their cell windows, blocked inmate work vans, and followed unpaid inmate work crews around town to bring attention to their use. Needless to say, the campaign was more successful than we could have expected and we convinced the local government to end the use of unpaid prison slave labor for city and county projects, making us the first area in Florida to do so.

But it did not come without cost. As I stood there in court facing a civil citation for blocking a police van, a misdemeanor trespassing charge, and a misdemeanor for obstructing police and interfering with prisoners, I couldn’t help but laugh to myself when the judge declared himself a constitutionalist. I laughed because he did it in a way that completely revealed the nature of constitutionalism and exposed it as a sort of threat. While he said he fully believed in and supported my right to freedom of speech, he was disappointed in the city council for voting to end the use of prison slavery, a practice he pointed out is protected by the 13th amendment of the constitution he so greatly adores. He then reminded me that if I do not follow the rules of my probation then I could wind up a slave of the system myself. Let’s hope if that happens that I serve in Alachua County were they can no longer exploit my labor for government projects.

I’ll leave you, dear reader, with a quote from the late great anarchist theorist, Samuel Edward Konkin on the dangers of trying to achieve libertarian goals via the state:

And of course, the ultimate nightmare, which I’ve described in a few pamphlets for those of you who don’t remember it, the idea of a libertarian working his way through the system. Who arrests one of us counter economists, one of us people who go and break laws and things because we don’t believe in the government. And he takes us in front of a libertarian who works his way through the system as a judge and he takes us in front of a libertarian, you know he sentences us, and a libertarian working his way through the system as a bailiff, takes us to the jail where a libertarian working his way through the system as a turnkey. Holds us prisoner until eventually a libertarian working his way through the system as a court, or the prison priest, brings us up to the electric chair where a libertarian working his way through the system as a state technician is making sure it’s in good working order and a libertarian working his way through the system as a burly guard slaps us down on the chair and another libertarian working his way through the system as an executioner throws a switch and wipes out the one person who was, in fact, a libertarian not working his way through the system.


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New Report Details 10 ‘Critical Transitions’ to Tackle the Climate Crisis and Feed the World

By Jessica Corbett

The ways humanity produces and consumes food cause up to 30 percent of planet-warming emissions, generate widespread malnutrition, and perpetuate poverty and inequality—but a new report released Monday claims that 10 global transformations over the next decade could help the international community tackle the climate crisis and feed over nine billion people.

The report, Growing Better: 10 Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use (pdf), comes from the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), which launched in 2017 to bring together organizations representing key actors—from business and civil society leaders to scientists and policymakers—to transform global food and land use systems.

“The term ‘food and land use systems’ covers every factor in the ways land is used and food is produced, stored, packed, processed, traded, distributed, marketed, consumed, and disposed of,” the report explains. “It embraces the social, political, economic, and environmental systems that influence and are influenced by those activities.”

New @FOLUCoalition report highlights the benefits of transforming global #food and #land use systems and the costs of inaction, revealing benefits that far outweigh the costs & proposes actionable solutions, many already in existence: https://t.co/JyFCG5GrNW #InAllOurHandspic.twitter.com/sHeLbpYsG1

— Food and Land Use Coalition (@FOLUCoalition) September 16, 2019

Transforming these systems “can help bring climate change under control, safeguard biological diversity, ensure healthier diets for all, drastically improve food security, and create more inclusive rural economies. And they can do that while reaping a societal return that is more than 15 times the related investment cost (estimated at less than 0.5 percent of global GDP) and creating new business opportunities worth up to $4.5 trillion a year by 2030,” says Growing Better. “Delivering such a transformation will be challenging but will ensure that food and land use systems play their part in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris agreement targets.”

The report estimates such a transformation would also save $5.7 trillion per year in damage to people and the planet by 2030. As Jeremy Oppenheim—FOLU principal and the report’s co-lead author—put it, “This is the closest to a win-win we will get, reaping huge social, economic, and environmental benefits.”

“This report proves for the first time that it is possible, indeed economically attractive, to feed nine billion people with nutritious diets within planetary boundaries and to do so in a way that is good for rural communities,” Oppenheim said in a statement.

“The only question is whether we have the political will and business leadership to take on this agenda,” he added. “We can either seize the opportunity to transform our food and land use systems or frankly, sleepwalk our way into an ecological and human disaster.”

Based on current trends, the report warns, the alternative to rapidly reforming food and land use systems is saddling humanity with “a scenario wherein climate change, sea level rise, and extreme weather events increasingly threaten human life, biodiversity and natural resources are depleted, people increasingly suffer life-threatening, diet-induced diseases, food security is compromised, and socioeconomic development is seriously impaired.”

The 10 transitions proposed in Growing Better are healthy diets, productive and regenerative agriculture, protecting and restoring nature, a healthy and productive ocean, diversifying protein supply, reducing food loss and waste, local loops and linkages, digital revolution, stronger rural livelihoods, and gender and demography. They are presented in the form of a pyramid, sorted across four themes: nutritious food, nature-based solutions, wider choice and supply, and opportunity for all. The report details essential actions for implementing each transition as well as projected financial costs and benefits by 2030.

Growing Better pyramid

Healthy diets is at the top of the pyramid. “Global diets need to converge towards local variations of the ‘human and planetary health diet’—a predominantly plant-based diet which includes more protective foods (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains), a diverse protein supply, and reduced consumption of sugar, salt, and highly processed foods,” Growing Better says, referencing an EAT-Lancet Commission report from January.

Growing Better also builds on recent reports from bodies of the United Nations. In May, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) found that human activity has pushed a million plant and animal species to the brink of extinction and warned that “we are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health, and quality of life worldwide.”

The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report in August warning that, as the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Susan Casey-Lefkowitz summarized, “the world must take immediate action to transform the way we use our land—forestry, agriculture, industrial, and urban development—in order to avoid a climate catastrophe.”

The good news, according to FOLU report lead author Per Pharo, is that “there is no system level trade-off between food production and environmental protection. Even with a growing global population we show that there is enough land to provide nutritious diets for all while at the same time protecting and restoring nature and slashing greenhouse gas emissions and delivering better, more inclusive development.”

“We can do this by halting and then reversing the destruction of forests and other natural ecosystems, protecting biodiversity, and improving freshwater and ocean health and productivity,” Pharo said. “We have found that these strong health and development gains can be achieved without further encroachment on nature, and in fact sparing 1.5 billion hectares of land which would otherwise have been used for agriculture.”

Achieving these gains for humanity and the natural world, however, requires a global shift in priorities—as illustrated by Damian Carrington reporting on FOLU’s recommendations for The Guardian, which highlighted that “the public is providing more than $1 million per minute in global farm subsidies, much of which is driving the climate crisis and destruction of wildlife.”

“There is incredibly small direct targeting of [subsidies at] positive environment outcomes, which is insane,” FOLU’s Oppenheim told Carrington. “We have got to switch these subsidies into explicitly positive measures.”

$1m a minute: the farming subsidies destroying the world

– ‘Perverse’ payments must be redirected to measures such as capturing carbon, says @FOLUCoalition report

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— Damian Carrington (@dpcarrington) September 16, 2019


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How to Set Up a Mobile Mutual Aid Herbal Apothecary

mobile mutual aid herbal apothecary
Photo by Phytology
By Shumaisa Khan

Herbalists, growers, community organizations and plant-loving people of all kinds are increasingly joining together to develop mobile apothecary projects to bring free herbal medicine — a holistic approach which has been a part of every culture in the world for as long as humans have been around— to people for whom this type of healthcare (or any healthcare) remains inaccessible.

In the US, herbal clinics and self-care stations may be the only form of healthcare some people can access; in the UK and Ireland, conventional healthcare is free at the point of contact, but generally does not include herbal medicine. In all of these countries, the most vulnerable people face barriers in accessing any healthcare.

Although free herbal medicine clinics exist — often associated with herbal medicine schools — the advantage of mobile apothecary is in reaching vulnerable populations where they are. In addition to providing care, these projects also provide education about herbal medicine, increasing people’s capacity to care for themselves, their families and their communities.

Beyond herbal medicine

The impetus for community herbal projects is the provision for some form of healthcare for those less able to access it, but there is much more to these projects than herbal remedies. Greater valuing of local plants — many of which are often considered weeds or invasive plants — raises awareness about more regenerative land practices. It also strengthens people’s relationships with the plants, soil and nature that they are a part of, improving mental and physical health. 

This is also crucial because as interest in herbal medicine has exploded, unsustainable harvesting of medicinal plants has also increased, causing exploitation of people and land globally and locally. When people learn about local, abundant, nutrient-rich plants, they can mindfully harvest and use these vitamin- and mineral-rich plants as supplements, reducing the amount of packaging and energy-intensive recycling or waste associated with supplements purchased off the shelf, which are often less potent and less bio-available.

In Washington state, Canoe Journey Herbalists (CJH) — a project which grew after its inception as a medic bus which provided care for Water Protectors at Standing Rock Reservation — is also looking to decolonize herbalism and cultivate indigenous-led herbal care (and wider care) for intertribal people on their lands and waterways, according to founder, Rhonda Lee Grantham.

For two weeks in July, the Intertribal Canoe Journey, the largest intertribal gathering of indigenous people in the US, paddle cedar canoes down the ocean together, stopping along the way to be hosted by each tribe for an evening.

Although the bus itself serves as the clinic where more in-depth assessments take place, provision of other types of care enables CJH to serve the approximately 15,000 paddlers, as well as allowing for intergenerational connection. Indigenous healing circles and ceremonies, herbal foot baths that younger generations give to elders, and provision of tea, salves and sunburn sprays, are some of the different ways that non-clinician indigenous people participate in care-giving.

While non-indigenous people may now be far removed from their ancestors’ harmonious relations with plants and the natural world, community herbal projects serve as an anodyne for this disconnection, helping heal the isolation associated with atomized living prevalent in western societies.

mobile mutual aid herbal apothecary
Photo by Canoe Journey Herbalists

Setting up a mobile apothecary

Atlanta-based herbalist Lorna Mauney-Brodek pioneered several mobile apothecary projects in the US, then took the tried-and-tested models to Ireland, inspiring projects in the UK as well. Her website, herbalista.org, provides a wealth of resources about a variety of community herbal projects, complete with set-up guides, recipes and widely used and accessible herbs.

Below is an outline of general guidance for setting up a mobile apothecary project in your community. Please note: The sequence is not fixed — there is some overlap between the steps below, and each project is unique. For example, the mobile apothecary project in London organically arose from an ad-hoc community medicinal root-harvest event organized to transform overabundant plants into cough medicine. That event was centered on supporting refugees living without shelter in France. The partnership which drove it — PhytologyHerbalists Without Borders London, and St. Margaret’s House — then resolved to set up a longer-term project to support local street homeless and other vulnerable people.

1. Clarify your objective:

Who are you trying to serve? Where do they hang out? What kinds of issues do they face that simple herbal remedies can help? Answers will undoubtedly evolve over time, but it’s useful to have a focus.

2. Find a few partners for your mobile apothecary:

It’s easier to go down this path with one or more people committed to actualizing a community herbal project. If you don’t already have a few potential people, reach out once you are fairly clear about your objective. 

3. Do a resource audit and reach out:

Think about assets that already exist in your community. Some community assets to consider are:

Community gardens, private gardens and local farms:

Those who can supply herbs and medicinal foods. Make sure to source sustainably grown herbs or wild herbs growing in clean, pollution-free areas that are harvested responsibly. Herbalista has established a Grow a Rowscheme where local growers can set aside some land to grow specific herbs for the community herb projects. 

Venues that can offer free space:

For medicine-making sessions (if you plan to hold them to make remedies for your stock).

Venues that can store preparations:

This may be in someone’s home, the mobile unit (bus, cargo bike, etc.), or in a locked drawer in a collaborating organization. Security, access, and convenience in terms of loading up and transporting around are important considerations.

4. Form strategic community collaborations:

Collaboration can help with the financial side of receiving donations, as well as for hosting the herb station, harvesting or medicine-making sessions, or for storage. Homeless shelters or support organizations, women’s shelters, refugee or immigrant advocacy organizations are all possible collaborators. These organizations may also provide useful information on what kinds of health issues are prevalent and guide what products you provide in your project. Some community collaborations to consider are:

Suppliers:

Those who can provide dried herbs, supplements such as vitamin C, vinegar, honey, sugar, bottles, jars, beeswax or vegan alternative. Much of this depends on your particular project.

Herbalists:

Those who can lead medicine-making sessions. It is not necessary for people to have years of training and qualifications to be skilled in herbal medicine-making and able to lead such sessions. Canoe Journey Herbalists has started an ‘Adopt a Remedy’ scheme where a community organization can take on the production of a particular herbal remedy with detailed instructions and supplies provided by CJH. Another way schools, community groups, or individuals can support the project by volunteering to grow a particular plant needed by the project throughout the year. The donations of plants and products according to their specification enables the indigenous people driving the project to focus their efforts on the intertribal canoe journey, while ensuring a degree of quality control.

Various health and social work professionals:

When working with vulnerable populations, it can help to have people skilled in mental health and social services involved or available to consult.

Translation and graphics support:

Depending on who you’re trying to reach, it may be important to have signage and labels in languages besides English; in some cases, using universally recognized images may also be useful. For herbal care in informal refugee camps in France, where Herbalists Without Borders Londonprovides support, labels are prepared in Farsi, Arabic, Pashtu, French, and Kurdish because of the diversity of people served.

Funding sources:

Identify local grants, ethical business sponsors, and other creative fundraising possibilities. Ask around in your networks, too. There may be people who work or volunteer at places and can advocate for the project to access resources. 

5. Decide on the location for your mobile apothecary

Even though your setup might be mobile, it’s good to decide on a regular, fixed location for a period of time. This allows you hone your procedures and processes, and get to know and establish relationships with the people in that area. It takes time for people to find out about new projects and to feel comfortable enough to try something new. The location will also inform the needs of your project. For example, if you locate outside without any heat or electricity supply, you’ll want to consider if serving hot tea is feasible as this will require transporting large flasks. 

Mauney-Brodek of Herbalista recommends initially setting up a self-care station with safe herbal preparations and teas (ones that do not interact with medicines people may be taking and are safe for folks who may be pregnant). In Dublin, the system of community herbal projects that she helped start began with a self-care station at an occupation of Apollo House, an empty office building taken over by housing activists in the midst of a homelessness crisis. Later, the Dublin Herb Bike was developed, which moves between a few locations. Self-care stations located inside an appropriate venue do not need to be staffed and can easily be built upon as capacity increases. Herbalista has shared guidance on setting up a self-care station here.

The Mobile Apothecary in London has set up alongside of Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK), which serves free, hot meals outside of an underground station every Sunday. RCK already had a presence there which helped people engage with the Mobile Apothecary. While the Mobile Apothecary operates out of a cargo bike, and may in the future set up at more than one location, it has been running monthly sessions next to RCK. As a staffed project providing a small range of safe products, the Mobile Apothecary is a step above a self-care station, as people can speak to an herbalist or team members. Often, it’s the human connection that transmits the most potent medicine, so this is a really valuable service to provide, even if the capacity to run a full clinic is not there.

6. Organize a team

There are many hands involved in even the most basic of projects. Find people who are interested and have the capacity to help in ongoing roles. Have enough people in your team to rotate staffing or cover absences, and if you plan to run longer sessions, to allow individuals to take breaks. Some of the responsibilities may include: organizing publicity; creating labels; organizing medicine-making sessions; organizing donations of materials/fundraising; keeping track of stock; keeping track of budget; organizing harvests; setting up and taking down the station; staffing the station; washing up cups (if reusing); and documenting feedback.

7. Develop a plan

Based on the above, come up with a plan that is feasible to implement with your initial resources and capacity. For many projects starting up, it may be more sustainable to run sessions monthly with a small range of products. Consider how you will have enough products to set up a station consistently over a period of time and if outdoors, how you will operate in different weather situations. The project in Dublin only started distributing herbal remedies after several community medicine-making sessions had generated a good amount of stock. 

You’ll also need to consider how to generate funding as even with donated supplies and ingredients, there will inevitably be some expenses. Many projects running medicine-making sessions follow the pay-it-forward scheme developed by Herbalista, in which people pay on a sliding scale basis for learning about medicine-making at the session. The money helps to support the project, in addition to other material and in-kind donations. 

Some projects hold periodic fundraising events or sell a resource. For example, Bristol Herbalists Without Borders sells a calendar featuring botanical art and recipes. Local grants can also help. Although these projects are heavily dependent on volunteers, some projects compensate for a portion of the labor involved. In Atlanta, people leading educational activities are paid for contact time; however, it has taken years to get to the point of paying educators. The Mobile Apothecary project in London started with the help of a grant to acquire a cargo bike and another small grant to help cover other costs.

mobile mutual aid herbal apothecary
Photo by Phytology

Ensure that the related issues of hygiene and safety issues are addressed in the setup, both for the people staffing the station (if applicable) and for those the project serves. Safety is another reason it is useful to set up with another organization. For example, the Mobile Apothecary project in London currently runs in a very busy area that has a pub and street homeless, and sometimes tensions flare up. Having people from the Refugee Community Kitchen alongside makes it easier to mutually support each other at these pop-up stations.

Be sure that any prepared medicines are labelled clearly, including the date of production, and are stored appropriately. If setting up an unstaffed self-care station, signage and information sheets are especially important.

Photo by Herbalista Atlanta projects
Photo by Herbalista Atlanta projects

Consider what’s appropriate for the climate and season. Hot teas are simple and really nurturing, but are not so appropriate in a sweltering situation. It’s good to plan ahead for the year and create or obtain stock accordingly.

8. Implement and evaluate

Start small — but do start! Lessons will be learned and your project will continually improve. Collect feedback and document which products are more popular at which times, what kinds of issues people seek support for, and what additional support the project may need to combat challenges. 

Periodic review and reassessment will help improve your service. As more people become interested, the capacity to scale up with stock, frequency of sessions, multiple locations, or integrating reuse/refill will also grow.

Community herbal projects provide immensely rewarding and nourishing ways to do solidarity work by bringing people together and cultivating deeper connections for them with plants and nature around them. Medicine created by many hands provides healing not only to the recipients, but to all the people involved in the project.


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Divesting From Oil Companies Does ‘Nothing’ To Save The Climate, Bill Gates Says

By Tyler Durden

Climate activists who have convinced pension funds to divest from energy stocks as a way of taking a stance on the climate can save their breath, because according to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, they’re wasting their time.

Those who are trying to save the world from climate change would be better served by simply investing in companies that are researching disruptive non-carbon energy sources, Gates said (they might also want to consider $MSFT shares).

For example, investors might have better results if they choose to place their money in Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods – or other companies chasing similarly green business models.

Gates suspects that, for all of the money that has been drained out of the energy sector because of the divestment movement, nothing has been done to reduce emissions.

And the divestment movement hasn’t been confined to a few fringe groups. In recent years, it has gained real traction; Now the Church of England, an array of pension funds and sovereign wealth funds, and an investment vehicle that manages the wealth of the Rockefeller family.

“Divestment, to date, probably has reduced about zero tonnes of emissions. It’s not like you’ve capital-starved [the] people making steel and gasoline,” he said. “I don’t know the mechanism of action where divestment [keeps] emissions [from] going up every year. I’m just too damn numeric.”

During an interview with the FT published Tuesday, Gates questioned the strategy’s “theory of change,” arguing that it’s more effective to support companies trying to fight carbon emissions and disrupt established markets like food and fuel than trying to starve energy giants like ExxonMobil of capital.

“When I’m taking billions of dollars and creating breakthrough energy ventures and funding only companies who, if they’re successful, reduce greenhouse gases by 0.5%, then I actually do see a cause and effect type thing,” he said.

Gates is making the media rounds ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting later this month. He and his wife, Melinda, with whom he started the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, released their organization’s “Goalkeepers” report on Tuesday. The UN is hoping to fulfill these goals by 2030, the FT said. But Bill and Melinda Gates are trying to convince the world that not enough is being done, and that achieving their goals would be “unrealistic” on the current trajectory.

The Goalkeepers report says the response to climate change can’t be limited to reining in emissions, and should instead focus on helping society cope with the changes to the climate that have already happened.

“We’re nowhere near improving fast enough to reach those goals,” Gates said.

“It is a terrible injustice that the people who suffer the most are the poorest farmers in the world.They didn’t do anything to cause climate change, but because they rely on rain for their livelihoods, they are at the front lines of coping with it,” Gates said.

Gates has also been grappling with some unwanted publicity this week, following reports that he made a $2 million donation to the MIT Media Lab on Jeffrey Epstein’s behalf. Gates and his people have denied that the two men had any kind of “business or personal relationship.”


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